All posts by Katherine Rusbridge

Quiz night : May 2024

Vicky put on one her great quizzes for us. These events are always sell-outs!

Here is some feedback which sums up our quiz night

Thank you Vicky and Katherine so much for last night . It was a great success as ever . The questions were really good and lots of fun . The fish and chips were excellent and really hot which was really good . It all seemed very seamless . 
Thank you to Bob and Richard for serving the wine . All brilliant as usual .”

Play your way to Wimbledon

Oliver was the winner of our Boys Singles Play Your Way to Wimbledon tournament and will go through to the next round which is organised by the LTA.

We will keep you updated on his progress.


The winners of the Smith’s Cup are also able to go through to the next round should they wish and/or be available.


Family Tournament : April 2024

The Family Tournament was well attended yesterday afternoon with 12 families partaking. As the name suggests, a pair enters with one U18 player and an adult family member.

Matt Tarling ran the event and said a good time was had by all with lots of positive feedback.

For the second year in a row, Reuben and Mark were winners with Chris and Robert in second place, Dave and Harry third and Matt and Seb 4th.

Congratulations to all the finalists, especially Reuben and Mark for defending their title and thank you to all who attended. And a big thank you to Matt for running the event!

Smiths Cup events : April 2024

There were 5 pairs in the Men’s Smith’s Cup, including three father and son teams. The event was blessed with good weather, sunny and mild for a change, and some good tennis and fun points. The winners were Robert Bozier and Stuart Aberdeen on 23 points, with Chris Ezra and Santtu Asp on 21.
The Ladies’ Smith’s Cup was also well-supported. The winners were Jaime Sims and Sue White winning 28 points. Runners up were Sam Rush and Gill Stoney on 26 points.

Mini Tennis Festival March 2024

With the event due to start at 2pm, it wasn’t looking promising with about 10 minutes to go; dark skies, even a short hailstorm, but our luck was in. The rain stopped, families started to arrive and soon all the activities aimed at the youngest visitors were underway. We even had blue sky!

Some of the visitors had already taken part in their usual Saturday morning coaching session and were keen to play again. The activities were a mixture of basic ball skills and actual racquet skills. There were some seriously good young players.

The stars of the show were, as always, our Junior helpers who worked cheerfully throughout despite the fact that it remained decidedly chilly. As impressive as their manner of helping was their skill. It is not that easy to feed a ball just so for a very young child to have a chance of hitting it.

Our thanks to all the people who helped make the event a success!

League trophies

The ADLTA  trophies for the Mens’ winter league 2022-2023, Mens’ summer league 2023 and the Mixed summer league 2023 were presented to Avondale at the league AGM in the autumn. Some members of the A team squad were up at the club house for a recent match. Here they are pictured with the Mens’ winter and summer cups.

Thank you, Dave

Dave Adams has faithfully looked after the rack of tennis balls at the club for over 50 years! Not only has he sorted and replenished the balls in the rack routinely almost daily, he has also issued balls to team captains for home matches and the organiser of events such as the American Tournaments and Smiths Cup tournament, and I am sure much else besides.

He has recently stood down and a small team have taken on this role. As Paul Treacy said at our AGM, it has taken five people to replace him! Paul presented Dave with a memento of his contribution to the club which was, fittingly, topped with a tennis ball!

Summer League results

Our teams playing in the Aldershot & District league this summer have had some fabulous results!

  • Mixed A team won the Premier Division.
  • Men’s A team also won the Premier Division
  • Ladies A came a close 2nd in the Premier Division

A huge well done and thank you to all players across our 12 teams entered in the league. Particular thanks go to all the team captains for volunteering their time and efforts to manage a team.

Here’s to a successful winter season (14 Avondale teams entered!). Go Avondale go!!